Following their recent success in developing and supplying their own mixtures for carbohydrate nutrition for turfgrass surfaces, Ian MacMillan and Andrew Turnbull have started a unique franchise lawn care operation.
Ian and Andrew's latest venture is based on a further development of their secret carbohydrate formula. Produced in Northern Ireland by Andrew, Ian successfully trialled the new product range across central Scotland over the last 2 years with customers amazed by the results. Clients have been stunned to see that the product itself can literally be eaten.
Following on from this the products are now being rolled out in 2010 through a network of territories across the country, under the banner and auspices of the newly formed setup of The Great Lawn Company Ltd. The first intake of eight Associates have recently attended an intensive training course in carbohydrate nutrition, lawn care and business management, and are already gaining new customers.
Andrew Turnbull, Managing Director of The Great Lawn Company says 'The last thing we wanted was a straight jacket franchise company which creates a 'them and us' arrangement between management and franchisees. People join us as Associates, as partners in our quest to rid domestic lawns of the synthetic fertilisers and pesticides that can be so harmful to our children and pets. We work very closely with our Associates to ensure the success of their businesses. Our pioneering marketing methods have not been seen before in the UK lawn care industry and, along with one-to-one support by Ian, we have every opportunity to ensure the success of each Associate '
One Associate is Duncan Peddie, former Head Greenkeeper at Alloa Golf Club, says, 'I cannot thank Ian and Andrew enough for the opportunity to work with them and to build a solid business for myself and my family. The Great Lawn Company has already given me a real confidence for the future'
Endorsement of this new business has come from SGM, one of the UK's premier suppliers of commercial groundcare equipment and associated services. SGM have opened their premises to house the product range and for training and help in the management of the business. David McInroy, Chairman of SGM says, 'We are very pleased to be working with Ian and Andrew. They have an incredible story to tell and we very much look forward to working together and to see how far they can go with this great business.' Ian MacMillan considers this arrangement to be a key development; 'I have known David McInroy ,and his son Steven, for many, many years, and to have such giants of our industry as SGM involved with us is both very humbling and very exciting. I can't wait until next year when we will see the next group of Associates join us.'
Photo above: Ian MacMillan (centre left) and Andrew Turnbull (centre right) with the first intake of Associates of The Great Lawn Company Ltd.
Photo above: The Great Lawn Company and SGM (UK) Ltd join forces. Left to right: Steven McInroy M.D. of SGM (UK) Ltd; Ian MacMillan, Operations Director TGLC; Andrew Turnbull, M.D. of TGLC; David McInroy, Chairman and founder of SGM (UK) Ltd.
For further information please contact The Great Lawn Company on 07934 111518 (Ian MacMillan) or 07900 692052 (Andrew Turnbull), or visit;